Architects in action

Whether it’s working with mayors, collaborating with filmmakers, or tackling key issues like rising water, natural disasters, sustainability, and housing, architects are leading the way.

AIA Film Challenge
Watch the 2018 winners and finalists.

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Rebuilding an Island
A visionary architect teams with Tesla and a hurricane-ravaged community in Puerto Rico to rewrite the region’s future.

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Civic Leaders
Get connected with architects in your city.

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Civic I/O at SXSW
Architects and mayors came together to imagine the cities of the future.

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Designing a Safer School
How architects are working with communities to create more secure campuses.

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Find a local architect
Search for and connect with an architect in your community.

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News & stories

A new bell rings for affordable housing

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell

When students walked out the doors of North Philadelphia’s Spring Garden School for the last time, many of them had no idea that their beloved school would lay vacant for almost 30 years. They also had no idea that in 2017, those doors would reopen for a new group of individuals as the Lural Lee Blevins Veterans Center, an affordable housing development.

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Design as a school security solution

By Katherine Flynn

In the wake of mass shootings at US schools, architects are putting their unique skills to work, collaborating with administrators to prevent harm during tragic events.

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Social justice through design

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell

A design justice leader, Theresa Hwang, AIA, is founder and director of Los Angeles’ Department of Places, an organization that uses the power of participatory design to strengthen neighborhoods. She shares their insights about how cities can be made more just and happy through design.

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